Fact Sheet - Planning for and Implementing Prescribed Fire

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Implementing prescribed fire1 is a complex process that requires the coordination of many different agen- cies. Prior to implementing a prescribed burn, the trade-offs and benefits (such as smoke) are carefully assessed and planned. Clear objectives, specific desired outcomes, application of best available science, pub- lic and firefighter safety, and best management practices are important elements of successful prescribed fire programs. This fact sheet details the steps required to conduct a safe and effective prescribed burn.

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